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In the 1990 Stanley Cup Final, the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Boston Bruins four games to one. For the Oilers, it was their fifth Cup win in seven years, the only one without Wayne Gretzky.

Paths to the Final

Boston defeated the Hartford Whalers 4–3, the Montreal Canadiens 4–1, and the Washington Capitals 4–0 to advance to the Final. Edmonton defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4–3, the Los Angeles Kings 4–0 and the Chicago Blackhawks 4–2.

The series

In game one, Petr Klima scored at 15:13 of the third overtime period to give the Oilers a 3–2 win; this game remains the longest in Stanley Cup Finals history , edging both Brett Hull's cup-winner in 1999 and Igor Larionov's game-winner in 2002 by less than 30 seconds. In game five at the Boston Gardenmarker on May 24, the Oilers won 4–1. Craig Simpson scored the game-winning goal. Oilers goaltender Bill Ranford was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP. Ray Bourque would not get to the Stanley Cup Finals again until the Colorado Avalanche championship season of 2001.

Though he would win two Stanley Cups as a captain, Mark Messier won his only Stanley Cup as captain of the Oilers. He would win his other Stanley Cup as a captain with the New York Rangers four years later.

Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers

Date Away Score Home Score Notes
Tue, May 15 Edmonton 3 Boston 2 3OT
Fri, May 18 Edmonton 7 Boston 2
Sun, May 20 Boston 2 Edmonton 1
Tue, May 22 Boston 1 Edmonton 5
Thu, May 24 Edmonton 4 Boston 1
Edmonton wins series 4–1 and Stanley Cup

Edmonton Oilers 1990 Stanley Cup champions

Stanley Cup Engravings

  • Garnet "Ace" Bailey won 7 Stanley Cup rings. His name was engraved on the Stanley Cup 5 times. He was engraved as Garnet Bailey in 1972, G. Bailey in 1970, 1985, 1987, and Ace Bailey in 1990. Name was left off cup, but was awarded Stanley Cup rings in 1984, 1988.
  • Vladimir Ruzicka† joined Edmonton from Europe in January. Ruzicka played 25 games, but did not dress in the playoffs. Anatoli Semenov† joined Edmonton from Europe in May. Semenov played 2 games in the Conference Finals. Neither player qualified for engravement on the cup, but both players received Stanley Cup Rings. Ruzicka was also included on the team winning picture.

Members of all 5 Edmonton Oilers championships

  • Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, Randy Gregg, Charlie Huddy, Jari Kurri, Kevin Lowe, Mark Messier (7 Players), Peter Pocklington, Glen Sather, John Mucker, Ted Green, Barry Fraser, Barry Stafford, Lyle Kulchisky (7 Non-players).

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